Corinna's Cycling Journey
Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Welcome to my Personal Page! The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place in the summer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
This will be my 5th year doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer and here they are:
2013 - This is the year I had my reconstructive surgery in January 2013 and I was determined to do the Ride in June 2013. My husband, Bill, had already particpated in the ride for the two years previously. I did not have a road bike and did all my training on Bill's old mountain bike which I fondly named "Henry". I rode this until about 4 weeks before the ride and I was then fortunate enough to be able to purchase a road bike, "Ruby". I trained diligently I was fortunate to have had sunny skies and good weather for my first introduction to the Ride. I will never forget the speech at the beginning of the ride and the riderless bike representing those that were no longer with us or unable to participate due to their personal struggles with Cancer. It was an emotional first year for me.
2014 - Was a little cloudy and rainy and I had not trained as well as I did for my first ride in 2013 and I suffered but I managed through it by talking to the riders with the yellow flags who were a constant reminder that as difficult as the cycling may have been at time, it was nothing compared to their struggles recovering from Cancer
2015 - We left Vancouver in the pouring rain and I remember asking myself, "what are you doing here". We worked hard to get through the border and continue our way on the route. The weather did not improve, although we did see a little reprieve in the severity of the rainfall it was quickly replaced by winds that were steadily picking up as we continued on route. Just after lunch, the winds were so significant that we had to cycle around branches strewn all over the road and we were redirected off the route numerous times for trees that had fallen across the roadway. We found out as we were only about 25 km from the end point for the day that the ride had been cancelled due to the extreme weather conditions and if we were to continue it would be at our own risk. Alternately, we could stay there roadside and wait to be picked up. A group of us Team ICBC members opted to continue through and ride to the end. I was riding along a stretch of roadway that had corn fields on either side and the corn stalks were almost laying flat to the ground, it was that windy. At this point, I was riding with my good friend Cam and his friend, Graham. Graham had just come through recovering from Sinus Cancer. He had just undergone his last radiation treatment just days prior to the Ride. We stopped for a moment and as for some reason I was suddenly famished. I needed some energy and was never so happy to eat the granola bar that I had in my bag for such an occasion. We continued and not only was it an effort to cycle and propel your bike forward but I also struggled to keep it straight with the wind hitting me from the side. It was really hard. Graham pulled up beside me and he said, "This is really really hard". I agreed. He then added, "However, as hard as this is, nothing can he harder than having to manage through radiation and chemo treatments for cancer". I just looked at Graham and was again reminded as to why I was there, riding and suddenly I was surged with new energy and pushed through the remainder of any obstacles and made my way to the finish for the day. It turns out that out of 1600 only 250 actually finished for the day and I was proud to have been one of them. I was equally happy that I had trained sufficiently this year and this contributed to my ability to make it through the route on both days.
2016 - This was a fortunate weather year and I took advantage of taking time, again, to speak to other riders along the way. On the 2nd day, a young rider noticed my own yellow flag. These yellow flags represent cancer survivors. For the next 45 minutes, he told me his story. His Mom had recently been diagnoised with Cancer with not a favourable outcome. Once he heard about the ride, he knew he needed to do it. It turned out this his sister was doing it too. I cried with this young rider feeling heartbroken knowing that Cancer was taking another loving and caring mother, cutting a lift too short and robbing her children of their mother. He was only 23, same age as my oldest, and his sister was even younger. I will ride and keep riding so that they can continue their research to hopefully once day find a cure.
2017 - Yet to come but I already have many reasons for this ride. My friends daughter of just 23 years has just been diagnoised with Leukemia. She is currntly undergoing treatment and we hope and pray she will get though this. It is one thing recovering yourself from cancer but I can only imagine the pain, heartbreak and worry you would feel as a parent experiencing all the recovery stages of cancer with your children and seeing the pain and sickness they may experience. We need a cure and we need it now.
This will be my 5th year doing the ride. Thank you again for your ongoing support of my efforts to raise money so that efforts can continue to work towards a cure so we can stop the pain brought on my this disease.
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